TACOMA, Wash.(April 22, 2017) – Repeat or reclaim?
That was the question surrounding the main event of CageSport 45.
Julian Erosa provided the answer relatively fast.
Erosa successfully defended his CageSport lightweight championship by defeating former title-holder Justin Harrington by first-round knockout Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
Erosa (19-4) ended the scheduled five-round bout with a right at the 4 minute, 9 second mark of the first round.
Harrington (9-4) actually scored the bout’s first solid strike, hitting his opponent with a right midway through the first round, which sent Erosa to one knee.
The punch, however, did little to slow Erosa down as he easily rebounded before beginning his own onslaught.
The title fight was a rematch from their Feb. 25 bout where Erosa defeated Harrington by first-round submission to capture the championship.
Heavyweight Tyree Fortune (3-0) remained undefeated by beating Jose Rocha via first-round strikes (3:41) to highlight the undercard.
Fay Bursell (2-1) registered the card’s only knockout as he ended his 171-pound bout by KOing Dominique Smith (0-1) in the first round (2:19).
Jacob Ikaika Martin improved to 5-3 with his win over Matt Coble (11-7) via second-round arm bar submission (2:31) in their 156-pound match up.
Justin Hugo evened his record at 2-2 after defeating Jake Blaski (0-3) in the opening bout, winning the 140-pound contest by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Also on the undercard, Jesse Hardenbrook (3-2) defeated Brandon Monteith (0-1) by second-round Guillotine choke (4:09) in a battle of 145 pounders, Sean Gee (3-3) won his 138-pound clash with Jose Hernandez (2-2) by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28) and Joey Elzea (3-0) defeated Jacob Romero (0-1) by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
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CageSport 45 Results Saturday, April 22, 2017
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.
Main Event – 5 Rounds
CageSport Lightweight Championship
Julian Erosa (19-4) KO Justin Harrington (9-4), 1st round (4:09)
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
265-pounds: Tyree Fortune (3-0) d. Jose Rocha (0-1), strikes (1st round, 3:41)
140-pounds: Justin Hugo (2-2) d. Jake Blaski (0-3), unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
126-pounds: Joey Elzea (3-0) d. Jacob Romero (0-1), unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
171-pounds: Fay Bursell (2-1) KO Dominique Smith (0-1), 1st round (2:19)
138-pounds: Sean Gee (3-3) d. Jose Hernandez (2-2), majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
156-pounds: Jacob Ikaika Martin (5-2) d. Matt Coble (11-7), armbar (2nd round, 2:31)
145-pounds: Jesse Hardenbrook (3-2) d. Brandon Monteith (0-1), Guillotine choke (2nd round, 4:09)